We have mostly recovered from hurricane Ike. It was simply amazing to recognize that a hurricane could affect the status of anyone or anything in Kentucky, but that is precisely what happened. So many were without electricity, water, and/or telephone service for time periods ranging from a few hours to 5 days. I really cannot say anything good came from the winds. I saw lots of destruction and mess. That is usually the case. I can find the silver lining in most every situation.
A couple of years ago we vacationed in Florida. We first stopped in Orlando to visit Disney and Sea World. Tropical Storm Alberto hit on the day we visited Disney. Disney sells rain ponchos for $7... one size fits all. We had our pick of the rides and shows with no long lines. I think we rode everything... twice! We had a blast. Sea World also sells ponchos. No worries about getting splashed in the front rows of the shows, we were already soaked. Again, no lines, no wait. We had a splashing good time!
Finally, we made our way to Sanibel Island. We arrived on the last night of Alberto. Our room was right on the beach. The sounds of the surf lulled us to sleep. We all awoke really early ready to enjoy the sun, surf, and beachcombing. And ENJOY it we did! The silver lining of this trip was the shelling on Sanibel after Alberto. It was absolutely amazing. PILES of shells were everywhere. Many large, colorful, beautiful shells were everywhere brought to shore by the churning waters tropical storms produce. How lucky is that?!? Life is beautiful!